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GEORGE STREET FESTIVAL VERY POPULAR

Posted in city of fremantle, east fremantle, festival, Uncategorized by freoview on November 25, 2018

 

 

The East Fremantle GEORGE STREET FESTIVAL is as popular as ever, as one could witness this afternoon. A huge number of people turned up for the annual festival in the lovely street.

There were lots of dogs and kids, plenty of food stalls, art&craft, stuff, bars, live music and entertainment, and parking in the precinct was at a premium.

Roel Loopers

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HAVE A FUN SUNDAY IN FREO!

 

The forecast for this Sunday is scattered showers but that should not deter us Freo lovers from having a great day in the community.

Start is oft as always with the Growers Green Farmers Market, from 8am till midday at Fremantle College on Lefroy Road.

Then move your sublime self to East Fremantle for the George Street Festival which starts at 11am and finishes at sunset.

 

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And while in the area have a break in the Fremantle Arts Centre courtyard from2-4pm for the free Sunday music session with Web Rumors and Segue.

Em Burrows returns to the FAC with a six piece band, so expect sweeping synths, haunting sax and Em’s contralto voice.

The music feast starts of with pop duo Segue, so it will be an afternoon of experimental pop.

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GEORGE STREET FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, community, east fremantle, festivals, Uncategorized by freoview on November 22, 2018

 

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The George Street Festival in East Fremantle is on this Sunday, so make sure to head east.

It runs from 11am to6pm and is a lot of family fun with live music, lots of stalls to buy presents and food, etc.

There is also a new mural artwork on the wall of the kindergarten at Hubble Street, so go have a look at it.

Roel Loopers

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GRAB A BARGAIN AT FREO’S GARAGE SALE TRAIL

 

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Australia’s biggest ever weekend of treasure hunting will come to Freo when the City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle host a massive Garage Sale Trail this  Saturday.

The Fremantle event at the City of Fremantle’s recycling centre on Montreal Street will have 30 stallholders selling goods ranging from kitchen items and furniture to pot plants, vinyl records and second-hand clothes.

It’s the first time in Garage Sale Trail history that two councils have pulled together to host a sale.

The Garage Sale Trail will see more than 400,000 people rummaging through over 2 million items for sale at around 15,000 garage sales across the country.

There will also be the Eat No Evil food truck, a coffee van, Buster It’s All About Play and expert advice from our Parks and Landscape team on creating your own verge garden.

Garage Sale Trail is a run by Australian not-for-profit social enterprise Garage Sale Trail Foundation in partnership with over 140 councils around the country.
Garage Sale Trail seeks to educate Australians on the importance of reuse, and the need to take individual responsibility for the waste we generate, while also building stronger, more connected and more resilient communities

The City of Fremantle’s Garage Sale Trail event is on Saturday October 20 from 8am – 2pm.
For more information visit the City’s page on the Garage Sale Trail website.

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LACKLUSTRE PROTEST AGAINST ROYAL GEORGE HIGHRISE

 

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About one hundred people, including Labor politicians Josh Wilson MP and Lisa O’Malley MLA, turned up at East Fremantle’s Locke Park on Saturday morning to attend the protest by the Friends of the Royal George agains the planned 20 storey high-rise at the Royal George Hotel in Duke Street.

Only East Freo artist Tony Jones questioned where the Friends of the Royal George had been during the last 20 years when the building was neglected, and that is probably a fair question.

It was a disappointingly lacklustre event though with no speeches or formal gathering, and when I asked one of the display and petition table attendants if we could get a group shot he replied that it was too difficult to get the small crowd together.

Many people just trundled off after a while as nothing was happening, so I suggest the East Freo “Friends” get some coaching from Fremantle groups on how to organise a proper protest rally.

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1,800 PETITION AGAINST ROYAL GEORGE HIGHRISE

 

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East Fremantle residents against the proposed development by Saracen Properties of an 19 storey highrise building behind the heritage-listed Royal George Hotel in Duke Street have lobbied the State Government by presenting an 1,800 signatures strong petition to the Member of Fremantle Simone McGurk.

East Fremantle Council has rejected the proposal, as the scheme amendment for the area only allows for buildings up to six storeys high, but now the State’s South West Joint Development Assessment Panel-JDAP will consider the development proposal.

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FRIENDS OF ROYAL GEORGE AGAINST HIGHRISE

 

 

The news that The Friends of Royal George community group has been established in East Fremantle makes sense as it is always important for state government agencies to be aware of the feelings in the community, even when East Fremantle Council’s Royal George scheme amendment only allows for six storey buildings in the area.

Saracen Properties wants to build a slim 15 storey tower on top of a four storey podium, but it is unlikely JDAP or SAT would approve that under the present local scheme.

People point out that a state agency approved 16 storeys on the former Subiaco market site, but that is very different from the East Freo proposal. The Subi site is only metres away from the train station and bus transport and that does not apply to the East Fremantle location that is miles away from the Fremantle railway station and not that close to other forms of public transport either.

While I personally quite like the elegant tall spike designed by Michael Patroni’s spaceagency and do believe a landmark highrise would be appropriate in that location, I also believe that the 19 storey proposal does not adequately address the urban infill requirements of the state government.

When we impose very high buildings on a low rise community the main purpose of the development should be to create many new homes for many people, and not as is the case at the Royal George a mere 40 apartments for a few selected well off on 15 floors.

I am not sure if Saracen Properties will present their proposal to JDAP or come up with a much lower building. The architects told me some weeks ago that they are still looking at it on the computer.

Roel Loopers

 

CASINO ROYALE AT EAST FREO LEFT BANK

Posted in city of fremantle, east fremantle, health, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on August 9, 2018

 

FUNDRAISER FOR CONQUER CYSTIC FIBROSIS!

When: Friday 10 August, 7pm

Where: The Left Bank, 15 Riverside Road, East Fremantle

Tickets: $98

You don’t have to have seen the Bond film to indulge in Casino Royale 2018, The Left Bank’s annual charity event raising funds for Conquer Cystic Fibrosis.

Tickets to Casino Royale 2018 includes a three hour beverage package, which includes your choice of wine, sparkling wine, beer, cider or spirits, premium cocktail food, Funny Money for a spot of harmless gambling and, of course, a range of entertainment.

Contributing to the good times will be Shahirah Jazz and her Jazz Trio, DJ Marcel, and local artist James Giddy, who will be doing a live painting to be auctioned off.

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NEW GRATIAS ORANIC MARKET IN GEORGE STREET

Posted in city of fremantle, east fremantle, markets, organic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 29, 2018

 

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A new organic produce market will be on in the courtyard of the GRATIAS bakery in George Street in East Fremantle on Sunday from 8am till 12 noon, and on the following Sundays, so go and check it out.

Of course the Fremantle Growers Green Farmers Market is also on at Fremantle College on Lefroy Road in Beaconsfield, so plenty of time to visit both markets and have your pick of the best.

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FUTURE OF EAST FREO’S ROYAL GEORGE IN DOUBT

 

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The future of the heritage-listed Royal George Hotel in Duke Street, East Fremantle is in jeopardy after the East Fremantle Council on Wednesday approved a scheme amendment that will only allow six storey buildings in the precinct, without discretionary additional height.

Saracen properties have proposed to refurbish the beautiful old building but to make that financially lucrative for the developers they wanted a 21-storey slim tower on the vacant site behind the hotel.

It is highly unlikely that Saracen will now continue with their proposal, but abandon it, which will severely bring into doubt the future of the Royal George, that has been vacant and derelict for far too many years.

It would be a real shame if a compromise can’t be found, but the new scheme amendment does not allow for much give and take.

Roel Loopers

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